Last Call- Coulda' Shoulda' Woulda' Edition

While I was looking for an image of a 2002 Mercury Cougar for today’s Hooniverse Asks post – a car that I think doesn’t get enough love – I came across this Photoshop job by Kevin Morgan and thought, hellz yeah!
Morgan as you might know does the Firebird conversions for the Camaro so he knows a thing or two about transforming one car into another when the original maker has gone the way of Elvis. This one, based on the last generation ‘Stang, looks pretty right. Do you think there would be a market for custom built Mercs like this?
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 
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  1. Maymar Avatar

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    I'd just like to remind us all of the Mercury Messenger concept. There's no chance it would have saved Mercury (not even Jill Wagner could), but on the S197 Mustang platform (or, I suppose the partially related DEW98), it would've been a hell of a goodbye.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    Wheee! I'm back from vacation.
    Steve The Unremarkable White Pickup (a.k.a. Mighty Steve) turned in another flawless performance carrying a week's worth of gear for two from San Francisco to Mexicali, Baja California, down the I-5 on Christmas Day.
    DirtBike! Also in Steve's capacious longbed was DirtBike! My DRZ400S. With an entire 1/2 hour of off road riding experience (during which I fell over) I set about teaching myself how to ride dirt bikes. Because 70 miles south of the border, 40 miles off the nearest road… what could go wrong? Well, nothing did. I now have 4-1/2 hours of off road experience. Best part was to enter or leave the campsite you have to do a water crossing. This is the view on the way in…
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    …it's actually easier on the way out because you don't have a 90 degree turn on the other side. It took me 4 crossings to finally make it in to camp through this without stacking it into the wall on the other side. Outside the campground there's about 5 miles of road that looks like this…
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    and endless coarse sandy desert peppered with nasty cacti. I flogged around in it some, and had to dismount once. I'm un-punctured, though, and the bike and I stayed upright, so a win. I'll try to crash more when I ride closer to ambulance service.
    It flippin' SNOWED on me! New Year's Eve in the Mexican Desert and it's plopping big fluffy flakes on my head! I haven't seen snow since I left Boston in 2007. Sheesh!
    Return trip: SOLVANG! Solvang, California was founded as a sort of Danish Utopia in 1911; with traditional architecture and a Danish Folk School. Now it's a sort of Danish / Viking themed tourist trap, but it's home to the well worth it Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum
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    Almost all the bikes are racing machines, amazing stuff. The owner writes his own text for the placards and some of them are hilarious. Curiously, they did not have a Nimbus, the Danish motorcycle.
    We approached Solvang via CA 154 out of Santa Barbara, through the Los Padres National Forest, absolutely beautiful and Mighty Steve hauled DirtBike! and the rest up those hills without a twitch or a shudder. Out to US 101 through Buellton on CA 246 and on 101 all the way home; so much prettier than the I-5! Hilly, hell on gas but still better than the 5.
    Last Stop: Firestone Walker brewery in Paso Robles. Just grabbed a beer and some fish & chips. Nice place, huge tap room.
    Steve, as usual, got 16 miles to the gallon the whole way (about 1000 miles) and cost $270 in fuel!

    1. Maymar Avatar

      My family's part Danish. I now seriously need to visit Solvang.

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker

        Solvang is great

      2. Batshitbox Avatar

        Go for the motorcycles, stay for the smorgasbord!

  3. joshwebster84 Avatar

    why does the rear look so much like a Challenger?

    1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
      PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

      Because the wheels and rear quarter are from a Challenger.

  4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Shoulda, 'Cuda, Woulda…

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Shuda Wuda Cuda is what I'd call a HEMI+M/T conversion of a Plymouth Prowler.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

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    Sincere apologies to Kevin Morgan.

  6. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

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    So how is everyone handling the snow? My commute in Nj was a lot longer thanks to people freaking out. I guess they don't realize that it's a self-fulfilling prophecy that they drive slow because of a fear of accidents, so they go 15 in a 45 on a road with blind turns (and plenty of traction).

    1. 66Mustanger Avatar

      Winter? So what? I'm so much a better driver than all these other peop.. whoa.. WHOoa..WHHOOOOAAA..HOOO-LEEEEEE……….

      1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
        PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        Considering it was 19 degrees before it started to snow and the word dusting would have been aggressive for the snow snakes that were blowing across the road? 15 in a 45 was excessively slow.
        Listen, I get it that winter is not to be laughed at, I have driven 800 miles in 4 inches of snow and 8 miles in 14 inches of snow, you have to respect it, but this wasn't "snow driving" this morning it was dry road with snow blowing driving.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          The meme above is just perfect. Every driving school should have a 50×75 poster of it in their classrooms.

          1. 66Mustanger Avatar

            My thought is, if you can't drive…DON'T! People who freak out shouldn't get behind the wheel. Ride with someone else. Take public transportation. Take a driving course that actually instills the skills necessary to face adverse conditions. Heck, you might actually have fun driving. Wow, another Hoon is born!

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            Hehe, that's just it: Exercise! My aunt was always scared pf the German autobahn. After her's and my quick-driving uncle's divorce, she would need inexplicably long time to arrive anywhere on longer drives. A friend helped her out and they jumped into it together. Today, she doesn't even get why she was scared.
            Alas, I see too much unnecessary auntsy driving every day.

          3. 66Mustanger Avatar

            I can't believe you uncleooded this comment here.

          4. Sjalabais Avatar

            Uncleoodificationeering is coming to a corner near you.